Kacirek, Suarez star at regionals
Katrina Kacirek and Oscar Suarez combined to win five Northern 2A regional titles on Friday and Saturday in Yerington.
Kacirek was victorious in the long jump (15-1 3/4), triple jump and 100 meters while Suarez outran teammate Jeremy Worley to win the 3,200 meters after winning the 1,600 title the day before. Suarez’s time was 10:38.29, while Worley came in at 10:59.12.
“Oscar and Jeremy were our warriors,” Rippet said. “They have both worked very hard for their achievement.”
Suarez toyed with the field for the opening 300 meters and then made his move.
“The only one that could handle Oscar’s pace was Jeremy for two laps,” said Whittell coach Brian Rippet. “Jeremy was barely a top-8 runner in the league in March and now he’s the clear No. 2 behind Oscar.”
Worley also finished fourth in the 1,600 meters on Friday and he broke his 4×800 leg best by 16 seconds with his 2:13 clocking.
Incline won both the boys’ and girls’ team titles. Whittell’s girls were third and the boys fifth.
Kacirek has yet to lose a 2A long jump and triple event this season. Her 100-meter title was a surprise since Amber Sellers of Hawthorne was undefeated coming into the race.
Casey Brumbach and Meri Johnson nearly captured regional titles. Brumbach was runner-up in the 200 meters (28.88) and third in the 400 (63.77). Johnson, competing with a sore right calf, and Kelly Karmann went 2-3 in the high jump, clearing 4-7 and 4-4, respectively. In addition, Karmann was third in the shot put (31-11), beating her personal best by 1-5, and fourth in discus. Karmann’s sister, Kristin, qualified for state for the third consecutive season, setting a PR in shot put (31-6) to finish fourth.
In addition to Kacirek, Johnson and Brumbach qualifying for state in four events, they also combined to propel the 4×200 to the final stage of Nevada prep track. Christina Arana is the fourth member of the relay.
Michael Chilton qualified fourth in the triple jump at 37-8 and Worley was fourth in high jump at 5-2.
Brumbach was second in the 200 (28.88) and third in the 400 (63.77)
4×200 relay was second to Battle Mountain in 1:55.22 and 4×800 was fourth (12:01.98)
Girls finished third with Incline running away with the team title.
Meri Johnson and Kelly Karmann went 2-3 in the high jump, 4-7 and 4-4.
Kacirek won triple jump in 5.1 3/4 and Karmann was fourth in the discus 95-11.
Boys title went to Incline, as well, with WHS in first.
Oscar Suarez won the 3,200 title in 10:38.29 and teammate Jeremy Worley was second in 10:59.12.
Michael Chilton qualified fourth in the triple jump at 37-8.
Van Gorden: “They brought everything they needed to. Next week everybody is gonna need to bring a little more. Grant ran great out of the blocks, Cap did great and they just need to work on handoff and we’ll get the school record easy.
“Time-wise it looks really close, so we could do it .. for sure,” Van Gorden said. We’ll have some people probably in front of us a little bit – hopefully not – to be able to get the school record.
Capellino: Next week it’s all out. We’ve got to push because it’s our last race of the year.
It’s pretty exciting and we were that close ( to the school record). That’s like a lean, a handoff. We’re gonna have to try and get our handoffs perfect and just work as hard as we can because we only have two events instead of four.
Berry: We can always improve in our handoffs because I expect perfection and they are working toward that.”